Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvee du Papet 2019
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Clos du Mont-Olivet|
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2021: Brilliant violet. A highly perfumed nose displays mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berries, licorice and a hint of potpourri. Sappy cherry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors show vibrant lift and take on floral pastille and botanical herb nuances as the wine opens up. In a lively style, finishing sweet, floral and extremely long, with fine-grained tannins adding final grip. Drinking window: 2025 - 2036. 95 points.
78% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault
Thierry Sabon's 2018 is just a step behind the outstanding 2019, which I may have underrated given how it evolved in the open bottle. This domaine is always a reliable source of old-school (in the best sense), elegant, perfumed Châteauneuf-du-Papes that show well young but enjoy long lives based on their balance... the wines deliver some of the best bang for the buck in the appellation. The Sabons own 27 hectares of vines here, with an average age of around 60 years. I have been drinking these wines consistently since the tender age of 19 (the 1978 was one of the first Châteauneuf-du-Papes that I ever tasted, in 1981), and I admittedly have a soft spot for the understated, classic style.
The deeper hued 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Cuvée Du Papet checks in as a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah that saw plenty of stems and aging mostly in foudre, with a small part in demi-muids and barrique. Straight-up sensational notes of blackcurrants, ground pepper, garrigue, leather, and graphite emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a concentrated, dense, powerful mouthfeel, building tannins, and a brilliant finish. It's built for the long haul, and along with the 2016, it's one of the finest wines I've tasted from this talented family. Hide bottles for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following 20-25+.
Dark in profile, but very seductive, with cassis, crushed plum and cherry reduction notes carried by a substantial yet very silky structure. Light floral, incense, black tea and warm earth details score the finish. Tantalizing now for its mouthfeel and expressiveness, but there's no rush at all. Drink now through 2038. 300 cases made, 100 cases imported.
Brilliant violet. A highly perfumed nose displays mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berries, licorice and a hint of potpourri. Sappy cherry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors show vibrant lift and take on floral pastille and botanical herb nuances as the wine opens up. In a lively style, finishing sweet, floral and extremely long, with fine-grained tannins adding final grip.